Archive for ‘Events’

January 17, 2015

Winter Retreat is Happening Now!

Today, there are 23 folks gathered at Honey Creek to do “something fun” with their photos, to retreat and to relax… There is enough winter in the air to enjoy a fire in the evening, but it is temperate enough to be outdoors to watch the sunrise.


Last night I began to think about the old movie “Same Time, Next Year” with Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn (thanks IMDB). It is a story of two people who have a “once a year” relationship. They meet each year at the same inn on the same weekend. As we watch, they grow older, traveling through the “stuff” of life. My favorite albums are like that. They span a period of time,  showing growth and change, and hopefully transformation of some kind.

Like Alda and Burstyn, at Camp Wanna Crop A Lot & Summer SunSational Retreat we gather at the same time each year. On the weekend of the MLK holiday and the last weekend of August, we meet and catch up on each other’s lives. We eat, we laugh, we listen to each others’ stories, we eat, we make layouts, we organize photos, we shoot photos, we take nature walks and we eat some more. Most of us don’t see each other in between. Usually, we welcome one or two new people and enjoy adding them to our “Crop Circle.”

This winter we are welcoming eight new people, five, thanks to Scrapbook Retreat Directory!

One constant is our group photo, the location of which migrates depending on the season and the sun. Since today was a bit overcast, we took the photo using our crop room as the background. Here is the 2015 photo of this year’s adventurous group.

Group Photo Low Res

Join us this Summer, August 27-30, 2015.

August 24, 2014

Report from Summer SunSational Retreat 2014

Summer Retreat 2014This summer we are a small but mighty group! Every August we gather at beautiful Honey Creek in Waverly, Georgia. 

We begin to arrive on Thursday, always on the weekend BEFORE Labor Day Weekend. We start off with a simple potluck supper (this year appetizers!) and catch up with friends that, for many of us, we only see twice a year. The surroundings are beautiful, the accommodations simple and rustic and the food is always great. 

This summer, a few of us have taken advantage of the pool in the morning. The water temperature was perfect and refreshing, especially considering we have had air temps in the high 90’s this week. We exercised a bit in anticipation of eating a few too many Peanut M&Ms or sausage dip!

Some get up early and wander the beautiful grounds, looking for nature photo ops, some enjoy sleeping in and some hit the scrapbooking room at the crack of dawn… there are no judgments here, just a group of women enjoying laughter, sharing our photos and memory keeping however we choose.

Consider joining us in January 2015 during the King Holiday Weekend when we will be back at Honey Creek Camp and Conference Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia.


August 8, 2014

Summer Retreat is Around the Corner!


Honey Creek Sunrise

If you are looking for a non-scrapbooking weekend away, I’ve got a deal for you! The date is August 22-24, 2014. Venue is the beautiful, rustic Honey Creek in Waverly, Georgia. Bring your kayak, your fishing pole, and a good book and you will be set! Double room rate which includes all your meals is $145/person. Single room rate is $245. Please share this with friends! Thanks!!!!

Of course if you want to come as a scrapbooker, all the details are on the Scrapbook Events Tab. BTW, I’m waiving the $50 late registration fee for this weekend only for new customers!

March 24, 2011

New Workshops Posted!

I’ve posted two new extended scrapbook workshops in the scrapbook events tab. The first event is my annual summer retreat, Summer SunSational Scrapbook Retreat 2011, August 26-28 at Honey Creek Episcopal Conference Center in Waverly, Georgia (just south of the Golden Isles and Brunswick.) The second event happens a bit earlier on June 4th – National Scrapbook Day. But first, the retreat… why am I talking about this first? Because, everyone needs a bit more time to plan a weekend away, whether the issue is budget or time or both!

Just so you can see what’s in store for you this summer, I’d like to share a little about my winter retreat. Above is the group photo from this year’s event. We have to take a photo, right? There are some regulars and some new folks in the group which made it incredibly fun. As you can see from how everyone is dressed, the weather was really mild! What a nice break from the cold winter we had!

I loved that folks had a fun AND  productive weekend.

Evaluation comments were really good, here are a few:

  • Thank you, everything was awesome!
  • Great Event, Great Job!
  • [Can’t think of anything I’d change.] Everything was just wonderful and you do a phenomenal job. Thank you!
  • As my first weekend with you all, I thought it was great!
  • This was wonderful! I loved it and will definitely be back!

I love happy customers!

One of the big benefits of the event at Honey Creek is the beautiful surroundings and spacious crop room.

Here is a before photo — before folks arrive that is. This is my typical set up for a group of 4 attendees. Stuart Hall, where my retreats are typically held, is wall to wall windows on two sides of the room, so even though you are inside you feel a part of the fabulous surroundings. And, if you like to get up early, the sunrises are always spectacular! Actually, they are spectacular even if you decide to sleep in! There are no rules!
National Scrapbook Day – Saturday, June 4th
Now, for a few thoughts about National Scrapbook Day (June 4th; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) – a whole day set aside to work on your photo project, time to tell your story… with lots of support from other attendees and me.  Hope you can join me! Click on the Scrapbook Event Tab for more information.